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What’s your view on Universal Credit? 13,300 people will be affected as Universal Credit is rolled out across Walsall North. Many of those affected will be working but currently get support because of their low incomes. The average income across Walsall is £22,000, but there are many who earn less than that. Universal Credit begins […]

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The Government has been accused of adjusting financial settlements in favour of the wealthiest authorities by a coalition of urban councils. SIGOMA is calling on the Government to drop plans to allocate £153m to some of the country’s wealthiest authorities in this year’s Local Government Finance Settlement through the negative revenue support grant. It warned […]

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Where were the Tories?

by danielbarker on 16 October, 2018

Last night, Cllr Shires and I attended a meeting of the West Locality Board, a strategic body that is crucial to determining how council resources are allocated within the West locality which covers everywhere on the west side of the Borough – including Willenhall and Short Heath. Four Conservative councillors are members of this board […]

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What about the causes of Brexit?

by danielbarker on 15 October, 2018

Towns that voted in favour of Brexit will be hardest hit by its effects for the next 10 years, researchers have warned. The Carnegie Trust says its research shows that those who voted to leave during Brexit were more likely to live in towns that have been neglected by policy makers. Its report, New Powers, […]

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A message from Lib.Dem. MP Norman Lamb

by danielbarker on 15 October, 2018

Supporting those affected by mental health is the kind and decent thing to do Dan, around the world, one in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their life. And in the UK, 300,000 people lose their job every year, due to long-term mental health issues. But our […]

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So if austerity has ended, how come……..

by danielbarker on 12 October, 2018

….Whitehall has demanded in-year cuts to a key improvement programme? The sector’s ability to respond to crises such as a care provider failure could be hit after Whitehall demanded cuts to a key improvement programme, senior councillors have been warned. A report to a Smith Square meeting revealed that the Department of Health and Social […]

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Reporting back

by danielbarker on 11 October, 2018

On Tuesday morning I attended a meeting of the combined Authority Scrutiny Panel at Birmingham City Council where we reviewed the question-time session with the Metro Mayor and made decisions on what recommendations we wished to be made to the Combined Authority Board when it meets next month. That evening I attended the Education Overview […]

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Housing campaigners are demanding action over huge profits being made by developers just by gaining planning permission for land they have bought. The Centre for Progressive Policy and the National Housing Federation say landowners in England made more than £13bn in 2016/17, more than the global profits of Amazon, McDonald’s and Coca Cola combined. They […]

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Information for communities

by danielbarker on 10 October, 2018

Kicsters clubs for young people aged 10 – 18. Young people involved in these clubs will: • Make new friends • Become more confident • Learn new skills • Have their voice amplified when it comes to improving their local area • Attain accredited awards (Qualifications coming soon) • Have access to a safe space […]

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So if austerity has ended, how come our……..

by danielbarker on 8 October, 2018

….schools are relying on donations from affluent parents? Government budget cuts are forcing many schools to rely more heavily on extra financial contributions from parents, a charity focusing on social mobility finds. A new report from The Sutton Trust has found that two in five (39%) of school leaders say that extra financial contributions requested […]

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